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The A to Z of David Bowie

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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.
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Join Marc Riley and Rob Hughes as they rifle through the fascinating world of one of the greatest rock stars the world has ever known. There'll be laughter - there'll be tears, all brought on by stories of escapades with David Bowie and friends.

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English


Episodes

The A to Z of David Bowie - R Part 2 - Ronson Part 2

11/13/2018
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In this second episode looking at the life of the genius that was Mick Ronson, Marc and Rob gaze at the most pivotal point in his life. The transition from Double Denim to the Daring Dandy. After a difficult early career struggling in beat bands, Mick was now a bona-fide Rock Star with all the trappings that brought with it…not to mention Green Hair.

Duration:00:30:12

The A to Z of David Bowie - R Part 1 - Ronson Part 1

11/6/2018
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Although David had many a splendid foil for his on-stage antics over the years, no one compares to the dazzling Spider with the Platinum Hair. From his roots on the mean streets of 1960’s Hull - to the dyed-blonde roots of Glam Rock’s greatest guitarist - this, the first of two episodes looking at the life of Mick, sees Rob and Marc follow him from his School Days - into a Showbiz Daze.

Duration:00:30:15

The A to Z of David Bowie - Q Part 1

10/30/2018
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In this episode Rob and Marc fearlessly tackle a Quite Quirky letter of the alphabet with only a couple of Quips to protect their Quivering shells! They’re just showing off now! Yes - it’s the letter Q. That’ll be Q for Queer… a word often bandied around in the early 70’s, sadly more often than not in a less than pleasant manner. Q also invites David’s one-time collaborators Queen to the party, not to mention Quatermass and the Pit.

Duration:00:33:52

The A to Z of David Bowie - P Part 1

10/23/2018
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In this Podcast messers Hughes and Riley continue to dissect the life and time of David Bowie. Dig deep into this mind-bending collection of stories and escapades and you encounter Elvis Presley …Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Peter and the Wolf and The Philly Dogs Tour. You’ve probably guessed already - YES - they’re on the letter P!!!

Duration:00:33:53

The A to Z of David Bowie - O Part 1

10/16/2018
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This next episode of our canter through Bowie’s life sees our glamorous subject reclaim his title as a risk taker and - quite literally -an outsider artist with his 1995 dark masterpiece ‘Outside’. Funnily enough - Marc saw one of the 1995 tour dates ‘outside’... in an arena in the USA...as you will find out if you download and listen to this latest missive from the North of England. Also under the microscope is the scene of one of Bowie’s most infamous (and hilarious) on stage routines… and...

Duration:00:38:13

The A to Z of David Bowie - N Part 2

10/9/2018
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Just when you thought it was safe to put the ginger-hair tint away Ziggy came back from the dead. For 3 nights only Bowie and various luminaries took to the stage of Londons legendary Marquee club to film a problematic TV Special. The 1980 Floor Show. Also in this episode Marc and Rob tackle the unexpected gift that was the Next Day opus… and his fellow Glamsters The New York Dolls.

Duration:00:42:19

The A to Z of David Bowie - N Part 1

10/2/2018
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In this continuing sweep of every nook and cranny of our heroes life Rob and Marc tread gently all over an album that was in reality (pardon the pun) as bit of a let down (pardon another pun). Yes we’re talking Never Let me Down…concocted in David's Mid-80’s Big Hair years. Also under the microscope is legendary tub-thumper Tony Newman whose self-doubt can be swept to one side upon putting the gripping David Live album on your turntable…or 8 Track Cart.

Duration:00:36:48

The A to Z of David Bowie - M Part 3

9/25/2018
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Christmas comes early in this the 3rd and final part of the Bowie related letter ‘M’ where Marc and Rob pay homage to the legendary London RnB spawning ground known as The Marquee, plus there are lovingly crafted dissections of the Bowie curated Meltdown festival, Mercury Records, David’s personal Heavyweight minder Tony Mascia…and apparently the only ever Prison Flick where no-one tries to escape - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.

Duration:00:37:08

The A to Z of David Bowie - M Part 2

9/18/2018
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Why not treat yourself to this the latest in-depth Bowie love-in we call the A To Z Of David Bowie. This week Rob and Marc turn the spotlight on early Bowie creative outlet The Mannish Boys, The man who put Bowie in a (man’s) dress - Mr Fish, Mrs Visconti (aka Mary Hopkin)… and not forgetting the uneasy business arrangement that was the now infamous Mainman Management deal. Not for the faint hearted…

Duration:00:36:52

The A to Z of David Bowie - M Part 1 - The Man Who Sold The World

9/11/2018
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Ensconced within this slice of Bowie’s history is an unabashed celebration of DAVID’S first truly unique work. The proto Prog/ Metal beast that is THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD. It’s a 37 minute escapade riddled with torment, mental instability, new found love… and an LP cover that sent Grannies running to the hills. A Masterpiece in short. Here we also welcome our heroes Mick Ronson and Woody Woodmansey to the fold. OH MY OH MY….....

Duration:00:38:25

The A to Z of David Bowie - L Part 4

9/4/2018
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If you take an interest in this particular Bowie-fest you’ll find yourself lost in a world of Lulu, Live Aid, make-up maestro Pierre La Roche, Lazarus…and you’ll even gobble up tales of the Goblin King himself, Jareth - courtesy of the Jim Henson fantasy world of Labyrinth. Your guides on this tour as usual - Journalist cum Bowie-nut Rob Hughes, and Broadcaster cum Cashew-nut Marc Riley. Go on…GET NUTTY.

Duration:00:31:31

The A to Z of David Bowie - L Part 3

8/28/2018
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In this choc-a-block episode Rob and Marc tackle the album Lodger, lower the tone with The Lower Third, chuckle at the Laughing Gnome, and take a glance at the career of Bowie axeman Gerry Leonard…all this whilst sucking on a Lyon’s Maid Ice-lolly. It’s called Multi-tasking…all in the name of the Greatest Rock n Roll Star in the World… Ever... DAVID BOWIE.

Duration:00:31:24

The A to Zof David Bowie - L Part 2

8/21/2018
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By the year 1983 Bowie had established himself as the Crowned Prince of being Predictably Unpredictable… and in that year he unleashed one of the most unexpected stages of his career to date…as the Crowned Prince of Perfect Pop! Lets Dance saw David become of one of the biggest earners in rock. He partially conquered his fear of flying…and conquered the world. Also in this episode - the three minutes of Bowiedom that were to change Marc’s life, Ziggy + The Spiders From Mars appearance on...

Duration:00:40:24

The A to Z of David Bowie - L Part 1

8/14/2018
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This latest missive is where you can join Rob and Marc as they immerse themselves in one of Bowie’s most enigmatic and unexpected post-rock parcels, namely the album LOW. From its enigmatic front cover to the ethereal soundscapes and downright killer pop tunes, whilst taking in some decidedly ill-judged journalism. Its an eclectic Podcast escapade which features cameo appearances from a Buddhist Monk, Musical Impresario Lionel Bart...and a member of Dad’s Army. Groundbreaking I think they...

Duration:00:36:44

The A to Z of David Bowie - K Part 3

8/7/2018
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In this podcastian escapade our two Northern heroes Rob and Marc take a look at the influence heaped upon Bowie’s career by the decidedly British Ray Davies led The Kinks - and the decidedly Germanic Krautrock scene. Add to that the dystopian horror of Stanley Kubrik's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and David’s early dalliance with ‘showbiz’ with The King Bees and you’re staring down the barrel of another top-notch peep into The World Of David Bowie. Don’t mention it!

Duration:00:32:45

The A to Z of David Bowie - K Part 2

7/31/2018
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The late 60’s proved to be the making of Bowie’s impending stardom - even if he didn't know it at the time. In this episode Marc and Rob look at the contribution made to David’s career by his first manager-proper Kenneth Pitt who’s undying support and wealth of experience helped db through an unsure part of both his personal life and his career. Also aiding and abetting David in this pursuit of fame was his undeniable stage-craft, largely taught him by the Crowned Prince of Mime Lindsay...

Duration:00:35:18

The A to Z of David Bowie - K Part 1

7/24/2018
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In this selection of Bowie related players we have a look at the legendary producer Ken Scott, early Bowie band The Konrads…and the unexpected foray into the world of television courtesy of the Buddha Of Suburbia and its author Hanif Kureshi.

Duration:00:29:43

The A to Z of David Bowie - J Part 2

7/17/2018
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The letter J could of course stand for Jealousy…but we think ‘a healthy competitive streak’ is closer to the mark - as here Rob and Marc examine the cross-pollination of Bowie and Mick Jagger… the sometimes edgy relationship with Elton John… plus we explain the importance of sometime Bowie cohorts Juniors Eyes.

Duration:00:27:35

The A to Z of David Bowie - J Part 1

7/10/2018
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This particular episode is character led…and what characters the were. There’s an un-entangling of David’s relationship with legendary DJ John Peel, there’s the strong bond of friendship that grew between Bowie and John Lennon..and the tragic story of some-would-say Bowie clone Jobriath… not for the faint hearted.

Duration:00:33:15

The A to Z of David Bowie - I Part 3

7/3/2018
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As the meander through the letter I continues, Marc and Rob take a look at bowie’s early soiree on to celluloid via the Images short-film alongside a glance at the Images cash-cow compilation…. and there’s a sample of various interviews David with with the press over the years. It should be part of the curriculum!

Duration:00:31:12